LIVE: M56 fully closed both ways with major traffic delays due to ‘police incident’ – updates

The M56 is completely closed in both directions this morning due to a ‘police incident’.

The motorway is currently closed between Junction 12 for Runcorn and Junction 14 for Chester Services and Helsby. The road has been closed since around 3 a.m. this morning, according to Northwest Highway Police.

There are bypass routes to both the east and west. Traffic is building up to the incident and “heavy congestion” has been reported on diversion routes through Frodsham and Helsby.

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Drivers are urged to avoid the area and find a different route. In a tweet posted this morning, Cheshire Police said: “The M56 is currently closed in both directions between Junctions 12 and 14 due to an ongoing incident.

“Traffic is currently at a standstill in Helsby and Frodsham due to rerouted traffic. Avoid the area where possible and plan an alternate route.”

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